Sunday , June 16 2024

Sanwo-Olu suspends Peace Walk over COVID-19

After controversies generated by the planned peace walk, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has finally suspended his plan peace walk, saying he was constrianed “to stand down all preparations for the Walk for Peace Walk” check the possible spread of COVID-19.

The suspension was coming after many Civil Society Leaders, business leaders within and outside of Corporate Lagos, religious leaders, members of the Diplomatic Community, entertainers, Market Associations, Trade Associations and Women Groups who have committed time and resources to preparing for the Peace Walk.

But the governor said that he We chose to be guided not by emotions, saying that enemy called Covid-19 is ravaging the world and indeed our nation. He said
had the world has begun to see a significant rise in cases associated with the Omicron variant of this pandemic.

He said: “I have been inundated with deep expressions of solidarity from various groups and people declaring their readiness to join me on the symbolic walk. Indeed, I owe a special debt of gratitude to our youths and students, who reached out to either members of my team or directly to me, expressing their readiness to join me on the planned Walk for Peace. They include many of our Civil Society Leaders, business leaders within and outside of Corporate Lagos, religious leaders, members of the Diplomatic Community, entertainers, Market Associations, Trade Associations and Women Groups who have committed time and resources to preparing for the Peace Walk. I thank you all.”

The governor, however, said that’s he would not endanger the lives of the people all because of the solidarity or peace walk.

“Given this development, I am constrained to stand down all preparations for the Walk for Peace. I will not endanger the life of any Lagosian in my sincere search for peace. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support the initiative received from far and near. The deluge of support is, however, indicative of one thing: our people know the strategic place of peace to our quest for development,” the governor said.

About Ayinla Muritala

Agbede is a seasoned Journalist with more than a decade experience as the fourth estate of the realm. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Univeristy of Ilorin and currently freelance with few of the Nigerian Dailies.

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